Race season is nearly here and training kicks off this week for many who are running Grandma’s Marathon or other races! Sore muscles are an inevitable side effect, but foam rollers can make a world of difference! A little tough love on those knots can work wonders!
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So, you all have been at it for one week! You are seven days into your New Year’s resolutions and fitness goals! Since many of you set goals that by their very nature will take a while to achieve, it is important to review your goal progress from time to time to make sure that you really are progressing and not just going around in circles. It is also crucial to take a moment and recognize and celebrate your small successes! Setting mini-goals will help you keep moving forward and give you something to celebrate instead of waiting until you reach the big ultimate goal (then you can REALLY party)!
Your self check-in should include:
Measurement: The method of measurement should be established at the start of the goal setting process, along with the baseline. By determining your current goal measurement (weight, speed, # of workouts, etc.) and comparing it with your starting point, you will be able to see whether or not you have progressed towards your goal.
Relevance: Goals are established based on your situation at the time of setting them. Has your situation relevant to this changed significantly? If there has been a significant change, is it still necessary or are you still able to achieve this goal?
Resources: Are resources (money, time, information, support) adequate? Is this holding you back from achieving your goal or do you find that you are really struggling?
think about each of the following…
I am incredibly impressed and proud of the steps I have seen many of the Northern Grrrls take this past week in achieving their goals! Keep it up everyone and keep working so hard! I know you all have it in you!
adapted from http://www.achieve-goal-setting-success.com
A new year is almost here and this is the time to set your fitness goals for 2013. Why now? If you set your plan in motion now, you’ll have plenty of time to research new gyms, fitness classes, races, and training groups!
There are an abundance of options to kick off the new year in a new frame of mind. If you need inspiration, 13 Hottest Fitness Trends to Try in 2013 is worth a read! If you still need help narrowing the scope of what you hope to accomplish, talk to a fitness professional or friend.
If you are not sure where to start in your fitness goals, work on setting your goals on a number of levels:
First you create your “big picture” of what you want to do with your life (or over, say, the next 4 years), and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve.
Then, you break these down into the smaller and smaller targets that you must hit to reach your BIG goals. Make these achievable! You want to set small goals for each month and week as you work towards meeting the larger overall goal! For example… Ride 40 or miles each week in June,July, and August (then you’ll be read y for the September Iron Girl and also be working towards overall fitness).
Finally, once you have your plan, GO! There is not any point in “waiting till Monday” or “starting after the holidays”. Once you have your plan, move into action!